Tag Archives: middle eastern studies

Azimuth Call for Submissions

Anyone know a good non-Eurocentric term for the Middle East? No? Is drawing those borders and calling it a region already Eurocentric? Deren Ertas ’16?


Azimuth is an English word derived from Arabic that means the
direction of a celestial object from the observer, it is also
Wesleyan’s new Undergraduate Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

All writing and artwork regarding the Middle East is welcome! We
encourage submissions of academic papers concerning the region for any
course you have taken, as well as fiction, editorial pieces, and
artwork. If you are not sure if your content is appropriate, send it

If you want to get involved with Azimuth beyond submissions, please
contact dertas(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Submissions can be sent to to azimuth.wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com. The
deadline is March 25th!

Is Muammar Gaddafi Darth Vader?

Gaby Chavez ’13 invites you to attend an unconventionally edifying and refreshing presentation on Middle Eastern politics:

Is Muammar Gaddafi Darth Vader? How Star Wars Explains the Arab World — a talk given by Haroon Moghul. Currently the Executive Director of The Maydan Institute, Moghul served as Director of Public Relations at the Islamic Center at New York University  from 2007 to 2009. He holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Mr. Moghul graduated from NYU in 2002 with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, and a minor in Arabic. He has also studied Persian, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He was nominated for the 2009 Presidential Award for Best Teaching by a Graduate Student at Columbia University.

Chicken shawarmas will be served!

  • Date:   April 28 – April 28
  • Time:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Place:  PAC 002
  • Cost:   $no dollaz

Join the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble!

Ensemble tryouts are in full swing at the beginning of the semester, as you may have noticed. Some of these have flown a little under the radar, though, and like any good indie music tumblog, Wesleying aims to bring you the coolest opportunities before Pitchfork does. Hark:

Middle Eastern Music Interest Group [MEMIG] is a WSA registered student group (est. 2009) whose aim is to educate the Wesleyan community about the music of the Near East, with an emphasis on the classical music of Egypt and the Levant. The ensemble is open to all students, with or without formal training in music. Thanks to the financial support provided by the SBC and SALD we were able to have a successful and active last year under the tutorship of esteemed musician and composer Sami Abu Shumays. MEMIG holds weekly ensemble rehearsals and private lessons, which culminate in an informal performance at the end of each semester. With the rapid growth of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at Wesleyan, we feel that MEMIG is well poisoned to offer students the unique opportunity to engage in and explore the expressive culture and traditions of the Arabic-speaking world, an opportunity that they would otherwise not have. Not only does MEMIG nicely compliment Mideast Studies on campus. it adds a rich and new dimension to Wesleyan’s world music offerings.

All interested parties should contact Aaron Paige (apaige[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) for more info.

Middle Eastern Studies Film Series

download A Middle Eastern studies film series is starting up on campus. Here are the films scheduled to show:

Wednesday, November 4 (tonight!): The Band’s Visit (Israel)
Wednesday, November 11: The Extras (Syria)
Wednesday, November 18: Dunya (Egypt)

Date: Wednesdays, Nov. 4 – Nov. 18
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: All films will be screened in PAC 001
Cost: Free!